eNews · October 2019
Companies who are committed to hiring "The Right Talent, Right Now" and improving the candidate experience must also be committed to being inclusive and accessible to all candidates, including those with disabilities. Read on to learn how you can take part in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October—and carry its spirit forward all year long toward the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Excellence in Disability Inclusion Awards is Friday, November 1. This new award honors federal contractors who demonstrate outstanding efforts to recruit, hire, retain, and advance people with disabilities. Recipients of the 2019 Gold Award (up to 2 large and 2 small contractors) will also receive a 3-year moratorium on OFCCP compliance evaluations.
XR Access is a new initiative dedicated to making augmented and virtual reality accessible to people with all abilities. Read their recent report of the inaugural symposium, which brought together more than 120 thought leaders from industry, academia, and advocacy to create actionable plans to solve the unique accessibility challenges posed by XR. Interested in getting involved? Join a working group.
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. To learn more, visit www.PEATworks.org.
Devin Boyle reports that this year’s Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Conference (MAVRIC) showcased momentum for using X-Reality (XR) to improve people's lives, including people with disabilities.
Join the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) in celebrating this year’s NDEAM theme of "The Right Talent, Right Now" on social media. To participate, people with disabilities and other friends of the CDE are encouraged to share photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #RightTalentRightNow. Visit the CDE website to learn more and find graphics you can use for your photo.